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Giveaway: Dead Men’s Wars

Canberra Youth Theatre (Australia) in collaboration with Long Cloud Theatre (New Zealand) boldly challenge the gender iniquities surrounding the ANZAC legend in Dead Men’s Wars, an original theatre performance at the Street Theatre from Wedneaday 14 October to Saturday 17 October.

Witty and provocative, Dead Men’s Wars is a fresh perspective on the ANZAC tradition that follows one young woman who dares to speak out and question a nation founding myth that “leaves out half the nation.”

Twisting between reality and the abstract, Dead Men’s Wars casts new light on the traditional concepts of nationhood, mateship and the masculine nature of war. Performed by an international cast of young actors from New Zealand and Australia, Dead Men’s Wars investigates the women of the ANZAC myth and suggests that sometimes “the story spoken the loudest isn’t the only one there is.”

To explore the evolving relationship between these two ANZAC nations, Dead Men’s Wars debuts in Canberra before traveling to Wellington for a second season at BATS Theatre running from Wednesday 21 October to the Saturday 24 October.

Dead Men’s Wars is truly an international collaboration with a creative team and cast drawn from across Australia and New Zealand. Playwright Ralph McCubbin (NZ) and Director Brett Adam (NZ) developed the play through a series of workshops with young actors from Canberra and Wellington. For playwright Ralph McCubbin, this unique development process created the play’s contemporary perspective, one that attempts to redefine the relevance of the ANZAC sprit into the next century:

“From the first workshop this group of actors were engaged, articulate, and honest; aware of their past but not afraid to question the status quo. This immediacy was the driving force behind the script – not what ANZAC has meant but what it means to young people today.”


The core cast of six actors (aged 18 to 25 years) is comprised of both Australian and New Zealand performers. For these six actors, Dead Men’s Wars will be their first professional acting job and their first time on an international tour. Katie Cawthorne (Artistic Director, Canberra Youth Theatre) believes that providing pathways into the professional acting industry is crucial to the role that youth theatre plays within the arts sector:

“Our role is not only to provide a platform for young people to voice their ideas theatrically but also to give them opportunities to transition from a youth theatre training experience to training at schools like NIDA, WAAPA and VCA and working in the industry. Working with professional playwrights, directors and designers provides this pathway.”

At the Street Theatre from 14-17 October. Performances at 12.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: Standard: $35.00, Concession: $22.00, Schools $18.00. To book tickets click here.


Win a double pass to see Dead Men’s Wars at 7.30pm on Friday 16 October at the Street Theatre.

Just email [email protected] and tell us why you’d enjoy seeing this production in 50 words or less.

Competition closes 14 October 2015 at 00:01. 

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